Knights of Columbus Council 6063
Knights of Columbus History
Todd Phillips - Grand Knight
Bill Speirdowis - Deputy Grand Knight
Council 6063 Leadership
Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing prevalence of fraternal benefit societies, hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital, practical need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.
As a symbol that allegiance to their country did not conflict with allegiance to their faith, the organization’s members took as their patron Christopher Columbus — recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America. Thanks to Father McGivney’s persistence, the Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and officially assumed corporate status on March 29.
In addition to the Order’s stated benefits, Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue. Writing in The Columbiad in 1898, a year before he was elected supreme knight, Edward L. Hearn wrote that a Knight should live according to the virtues of loyalty, charity, courtesy and modesty, as well as “self-denial and careful respect for the feelings of others.” Fraternity and patriotism were added to the Knights’ founding principles of charity and unity in 1885 and 1900, respectively.
I Became a Knights in 2012 and a Deputy Grand Knight 2014. I joined becuase I wanted to become active again in charitable work. I became a catholic at 30 years old and when I did I was running a youth group at St.Mary's Foxboro and we participated in numerous charitable ventures. I felt that I lost that after the program ended. My faith has grown with each passing year, and I want to get the Foxboro/Sharon 6063 Knight of Columbus back in the swing of doing more for our community, for our parish, our faith, and of course our families. I am married to Karen and we have 4 beautiful daughters: Brianna age 20, Madeline age 15, Grace age 12 and Melissa 8. They keep me motivated to be the best I can be as a husband, and a father.
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